Team EPIC (Emotional and Physiological Influences in Cognition)
Research Team 8
Supervised by Brandy Bessette-Symons
Office: 119-C Williams
This research team explores the influence of emotion on cognitive processing. In past, current and future projects signal detection analysis is utilized to study how emotion influences accuracy and response bias in recognition memory. Additionally, as a team we keep current a meta-analytic database on emotional memory which provides all members a foundational understanding of how to conduct and understand meta-analytic research. Current research projects affiliated with the EPIC team are exploring: the dissociable effects of arousal and valence in emotional memory; the influences of anxiety and personality in emotional memory; the influence of emotion on reaction time in recognition memory decisions; and a meta-analysis exploring the influence of music therapy on social-emotional functioning. Although our studies are currently behavioral and conducted with college students, we wish to begin collecting physiological data and to extend our studies to older populations as well.